Compco Memorializes Fallen Police Officers

COLUMBIANA, Ohio — Compco Industries will again recognize law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during National Police Week by providing a specially crafted piece of memorial art to the families of each officer.

Each lithograph measures 16 inches by 20 inches and is framed for immediate hanging. The image is a collage featuring a police officer in dress uniform holding a folded casket flag, scenes from the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington — including the lion sculptures, which symbolize heroism — and a photo of the honored officer with his or her EOW — or end of watch — date.

The Fraternal Order of Police recorded 140 officers died in the line of duty in 2015.

Compco has participated in the memorial art project since 2009. Ryan Keller has managing the project for the last seven years.

“It is extremely emotional,” Keller said. “I’ve done more than a thousands of these pieces over the years. … That’s a thousand different, powerful stories.”

Families receive their memorials free of charge. The entire effort is supported by sponsorships, including primary sponsors Wilbert Funeral Services and the Muransky Companies.

“The families feel a whole range of emotions during Police Week, but they are always very grateful for the lithographs and I’m very proud to be a part of their remembrance,” Keller, who meets with the families on May 13 and 14, said.

For information on this police memorial art project, visit this website.

Pictured: Ryan Keller of Compco Industries works on one of the memorial pieces.

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